Academy 1/48 Hawker Hunter F.6…
I am a big fan of Sir Sydney Camm’s Hawker fighter designs, from Kingston on Thames, especially the Typhoon, Tempest and Hunter. The Hunter has always been one of my most favorite aircraft, for many, many years. Aircraft shapes don’t come much prettier than this. A machine of classic beauty.
This is from the 1/48 Academy kit, and depicts XG191/G, a Hunter F.6 of 19 Squadron, at RAF Leconfield, England, in 1963. Aeromaster decals were used, they have a good selection for the Hunter. References were plentiful, as I have most of the books that have ever been done on the Hunter. It’s a well documented aircraft.
The main problem with the 1/48 Academy kit is the cockpit, which is more like 1/72 in scale. An aftermarket cockpit was used (can’t remember whose, but it worked fine). One of the biggest problems I had with building this kit was the main landing gear and doors. Fussy little pieces of plastic that defied holding in the right position and glueing at the same time. Maybe the Revell 1/32 next time.
Wait, come to think of it, I have another Academy Hunter ready to paint and finish. It is a Mk.5, with no saw tooth on the leading edge of the wing (that took a bit of doing, and an aftermarket set I bought was no help, I had to do it myself), and a slightly revised tail end for the jet exhaust. I guess I better finish that one first. Maybe I will have an easier time on the main gear.
As a footnote, and testimony to my long time love of the Hunter, I still have the early 1/72 (?) Frog model, (with the pilot’s head and shoulders molded into the fuselage halves, no wheel wells, etc.!), that I built when I was a kid, ages ago, probably back in the early 1950s. It is in the last photo, showing broken tip to port aileron. Not much damage for over 50 years. Too bad I built it, it would be worth a lot more as a kit in the box!
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